How Static Home Staycations Have Changed Over A Century

Leisure caravans have been enjoyed for more than a hundred years – how have they changed during this time?

39% of British adults have been on a caravanning holiday in the past three years, according to research conducted by the Mintel Group. With the pandemic changing the way in which we’re able to travel abroad so easily, these figures are likely to rise in the near future. Although static caravans have been used for leisure purposes since the beginning of the 20th century, it’s fair to say that their design and usage has changed extensively over the past hundred years. Let’s take a look at how caravan holidays and the interior of static homes have evolved over time.

Rich Holidaymakers

Back in the early 20th century, rich families would pay to have their static caravans transported by train to the destination of their choice. This changed when caravans become more mobile and were able to be pulled by motor vehicles instead. Caravan sites or parks didn’t exist at this time, so owners would ask the permission of local farmers to rest on their land for a small fee until it was time to move on.

Post-War Surge In Sales

Although caravan manufacturing ground almost to a halt during the two world wars, there was a significant uptick in production again following the end of the World War Two. Campsites become more popular across the UK and some owners would pay for several static homes to remain onsite which they could let out to visiting holidaymakers. During this time, the interior of your average caravan was also experiencing a makeover, with fuel stoves, water tanks and insulation ensuring that the interior was as comfortable as home.

The 80s Onwards

With static caravans for sale across the UK, the 80s continued to innovate the experience and interior of your mobile home. British seaside resorts were popular locations for family holidays and you could choose whether to rent a static or tow your own caravan to a destination of choice. Whilst the past few decades had required caravan dwellers to exit their abode and walk to a shower and toilet block, the experience had now become far more convenient for caravan owners. With mains water and flushing toilets now a staple of this type of accommodation, this encouraged holidaymakers to enjoy longer and more frequent visits to their caravan.

Interiors were uplifted with bold, bright colours and prints used for soft furnishings, whilst space was divided into separate bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen and lounge space – just like home! Technology found its way into the modern caravan too with televisions and fully fitted kitchens providing all the mod-cons required.

Transformation of the Staycation Experience

From the 90s, piped gas replaced the previous bottled gas that was required, and since then your caravan holiday has become as modern, luxurious and easy as you can imagine. Today’s static homes are equipped with fully integrated Bluetooth systems, vSmart heating technology, double glazing and Hotpoint appliances.

Staycations have skyrocketed in popularity during the pandemic, with one UK holiday booked every 11 seconds after the government greenlighted domestic travel over the summer of 2020. If you’re already starting to plan next year’s hols, then why not consider booking a caravan staycation?